Broncos HC Vic Fangio believes his offense and defense in Denver are overall in a better place than the Bears were when he arrived.
“I think so at certain places,” Fangio said via Troy Renck. “I think offensively, we have a chance to be better than people think we do. I think the players are better on offense than the perception was when I first got there.”
- Chargers HC Anthony Lynn is confident TE Hunter Henry will be ready for the start of the 2019 season: “I liked what I saw from him at the end of the season…Enough for him to play. I have no doubt he’ll be ready on Day 1.” (M.J. Acosta)
- Lynn said OL Forrest Lamp will compete for a starting spot at guard, but will also work as the backup tackle. (Eric Williams)
- At the moment, Lynn mentioned Rayshawn Jenkins and Jaylen Watkins as the two contenders for the starting free safety position but didn’t rule out adding further competition at the spot. (Williams)
- Lynn also didn’t rule out a potential return for TE Antonio Gates next season: “We have to look and see where we are at free-agent wise and money-wise, and just see how some of these things work out. We explained that to him, so we’re in wait-and-see mode right now.” (Williams)
“We’re just letting it take its course,” Reid said via Terez Paylor. “Did I expect it to happen? I don’t know what happened. That’s what they’re trying to figure out.”
- Reid was asked if he felt GM Brett Veach would make another big move before the draft: “You know Brett. He keeps his eyes open on everything & he’s very aggressive. I wouldn’t doubt it. I don’t know who it is, but I wouldn’t put it past him.” (Nate Taylor)
- According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Raiders are considering playing a preseason game in Canada, potentially Saskatchewan.
- Raiders HC Jon Gruden said he was also pounding the table for LB Vontaze Burfict alongside DC Paul Guenther: “We were banging it together. When he’s right, he is a good player. And he has proven he can make plays for Paul Guenther.” (Paul Gutierrez)
- Gruden added the team won’t decide side of the line OT Trent Brown or G Gabe Jackson will play until after the draft: “(Brown) can (play) right tackle; he can (play) left tackle. …We’re not going to make any final decisions here today.” (Michael Gehlken)
- However, Vic Tafur maintains Brown will play right tackle.
- Gruden said the door is always open for RB Marshawn Lynch: “Obviously we have a need at halfback, feature back. We’re going to keep the door open. … The door is always open for Marshawn. Trust me.” (Gehlken)
- Raiders DE Arden Key will be counted on to step up in 2019, per Gruden: “Arden Key needs to get better. He needs to get stronger and play better. We’ll start with that.” (Vic Tafur)
- The Raiders will also continue to look for pass rushing help to replace DE Khalil Mack according to Gruden: “These defensive ends don’t grow on trees. I know I’ve been criticized for trading one of the best. We are going to look hard at that position.” (Dan Graziano)
- Gruden said the Raiders are “still looking” for help at cornerback, adding he wants five on the roster. (Gehlken)
- Raiders CB Gareon Conley will be “full throttle” to start the offseason program according to Gruden. (Scott Bair)
- Gruden called it “sickening” to have lost TE Jared Cook, adding the Raiders will give TE Darren Waller “the chance of a lifetime.” (Gehlken)
- Gruden was in the backseat of a car while his wife was driving when he got permission to talk to WR Antonio Brown: “The guy’s enthusiasm to play is unlike most guys I’ve met. When I first sat down with him, I didn’t want to leave.” (Gehlken)
- Gruden says he, “cried for 3 days after trading Mack. But we’re not able to get Antonio Brown, Trent Brown and Lamarcus Joyner without making that trade.” (Tafur)
- The Raiders are open for business with the No. 4 pick, per Gruden: “We’re wide open to moving up. We’re wide open to moving down. We’re wide open to taking the guy that falls to us.” (Gutierrez)
- Gruden added that they’re are looking for a three-down back who’s versatile, adding young running backs who can pass protect are “hard to find.” (Gehlken)